Jake Daniels, a popular 34-year-old poker professional, defeated all opponents in the 2022 PokerGO Cup's event. This was his 11th six-figure payday in his poker career.
The poker pro was among six skilled players remaining when he advanced to the $10,000 buy-in no-limit poker hold'em event. Yet, he successfully knocked out all other players and won the $200,000 top prize.
The recent win was Daniels' fourth-biggest payout as a poker player. Today, he has saved almost $2.6 million since his career began.
Besides the money and title, the player amassed many ranking points in his latest victory. He garnered 480 Card Player Player of the Year points after leading in the 80-entry field. It was his second time to get the Player of the Year (POY) qualified score.
Daniels had finished in the eighth position in the $3,500 buy-in event during the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open, garnered 270 points, and received $124,365. The two scores moved him to the 28th position in the 2022 Player of the Year race standings. His win earned him 200 PokerGO Tour points and enabled him to rise to the 12th position on the leaderboard.
The poker pro stated in an interview with PokerGO Tour reporters that he had hired several coaches and spent long hours practicing in the last six months since other players were tough. He further added after the third PokerGO Cup event that he had an amazing run in Florida for the World Poker Tour (WPT) a few weeks ago and advanced to the final table.
Brock Wilson was the first poker pro to hit the rail that day. He ran all pocket sixes to Daniels' pocket kings and earned $48,000 after finishing sixth. Daniels' recent deep run enabled him to increase his earnings to $4,172,381.
Sean Winter used an AClub Suit 5Diamond Suit button to raise the high-stakes tournament to 400,000 and was left with 25,000. But, Daniels picked three-bet to 920,000 and looked down ASpade SuitKClub Suit in a small blind.
Chris Moorman, a WPT champion and two-time bracelet winner, had 840,000 from the large blind when he called in with an AHeart SuitQSpade Suit as Winter progressed.
Daniels had kings with an ace kicker, which helped him secure the double-elimination and pot as the poker board came down JHeart Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit7Spade SuitKSpade Suit. Winter finished in fifth place with $64,000 and increased his earnings to over $19.5 million.
Moorman received $80,000 after finishing fourth and life savings that are more than $7 million. The PocketFives' leaderboard shows that the poker pro has earned $19 million from online poker tournament scores. So, Daniels had a 2:1 chip advantage over Daniel Weinand, his closest opponent as he headed into three-handed action.
Jeremy Ausmus, a three-time bracelet winner, wasn't far from the two players. But, he fell back further as the game continued, at one point down to five big blinds. Weinand had an ASpade Suit9Diamond Suit when he raised to 250,000 as Daniels had JSpade Suit10Heart Suit when he called from a big blind.
Daniels checked, and the flop dropped 9Heart Suit5Spade Suit2Diamond Suit. Weinand wagered 175,000 with a top kicker and later called when Daniels raised to 625,000 by checking. The latter then overtook his opponents after he got a higher pair from the 10Diamond Suit on the turn.
Daniels then wagered 850,000 while Weinand went all-in for 2.2 million. Still, Daniel made a call to put him at risk after thinking it over. This made Weinand finish third and earn $96,000.
Daniels had a 19:1 advantage over Ausmus as the heads-up play started. Even so, Ausmus started making a comeback by winning several all-ins to reduce the gap.
He went all-in with ASpade SuitJClub Suit leading Daniels' JHeart Suit2Heart Suit, despite him shoving from the button. Daniels won the title after the poker board came down 8Heart Suit5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit9Club Suit4Diamond Suit.